This time of 12 months our senses are overloaded with the candy smells of cinnamon and pine, the contrasting sights of crimson/inexperienced and silver/gold, the joyful sounds of carols and youngsters, and the tempting tastes of peppermint and chocolate. For me, smells, sights, sounds, and tastes are inclined to elicit reminiscences, lots of them from three to 5 many years in the past. And, these reminiscences set off reflections on the place I’ve been, the place I’m, and the place I’m going.
Two specific objects have been the catalysts of such reflections over the past a part of this 12 months. First, the arrival of brilliant, orange-red spider lilies bobbing up within the flowerbed after many of the different flowers had lengthy since light. Each 12 months, these attention-grabbing flowers seem after I’ve already forgotten about any blooming plant and my ideas have began turning towards fall.
My dad gifted me the spider lilies when he was thinning considered one of his flowerbeds a number of years in the past. I connect a particular sentiment to those perennials as a result of they remind me of my shut relationship with my dad, who handed away a number of years in the past. The annual emergence of those spindly orange-red flowers additionally jogs my memory that my dad is experiencing everlasting life with Jesus at this very second.
My mom now lives alone since my dad now not walks this earth. And, for the previous few months, my two brothers and our households have been touring forwards and backwards from our properties to town the place my mom lives with a purpose to permit her to remain in her home regardless that she requires fixed companionship and care. In my mom’s yard is a small fig tree that my dad nurtured when he was alive.
This 12 months my brothers and I pampered the tree by way of late fall, hoping to reap a number of figs. Well, we ended up with solely three figs, and so they simply occurred to be able to eat throughout my flip to stick with our mom. As I loved the candy fruit, I remembered consuming figs as a toddler and savoring extra-sweet do-it-yourself fig preserves on sizzling biscuits.
Both the figs and the spider lilies remind me that as a kidmin chief I’ve a previous during which God has labored to attract me to Himself and to organize me for His assignments. Just as perennial flowers and fruit seem across the identical time every year, God has planted me the place I’m at the moment for a particular function. Finally, as winter approaches, the lily plant and fig tree go dormant for a season solely to reappear sooner or later with cheerful blooms and hearty fruit. God has a plan for me to supply future fruit, as properly.
What about you? How has God drawn you to Himself in 2021? How is God utilizing you at the moment for His function? And, lastly, for what assignments in 2022 do you sense God is making ready you? While we don’t know particularly what God has deliberate for us in 2022, we do know that He calls us to be trustworthy, bloom the place He crops us, and produce religious fruit.
Landry Holmes is the Manager of Lifeway Kids Ongoing Bible Studies and Network Partnerships, Nashville, TN, and is a graduate of Howard Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The writer of It’s Worth It: Uncovering How One Week Can Transform Your Church, co-author of Every Age, Every Stage: Teaching God’s Truth at Church and Home, and a common editor of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, Landry is a church chief, author, workshop facilitator, and writer. He teaches youngsters at his church in Middle Tennessee, the place his spouse Janetta is the Preschool Minister. They get pleasure from spending time with their two grownup sons and their wives, and spoiling their 5 grandchildren